A convicted sex offender was reportedly allowed to work at a community center for high-risk children as he faced criminal charges for sexually assaulting a 12-year-old boy.
David Walker, 64, was found guilty in 1981 of abusing two boys—ages nine and 11. He was then charged in 2015 with violating another child and was ordered not to have any contact with anyone younger than 18, according to the Daily Mail.
Despite this, Walker reportedly lied to his bosses about the conditions of his bail and also claimed that he was awaiting trial for assaulting an adult. As a result, the Mail reported that he continued to work at the center.
Walker was ultimately sentenced to three years and eight months behind bars after a court determined he was likely to re-offend.
Alarmingly, during his time at the center, he was reportedly responsible for watching several young children. The Mail wrote that it wasn’t until July 2017 that he was fired when he was arrested for violating the terms of his probation.
“Why on earth would you trust a sex offender?” Hetty Johnstone, activist and founder of child advocate group Bravehearts, told local newspaper The Advertiser.
“These are people who are compulsive, they cannot help themselves. It’s about as obvious as the nose on your face that these people are dangerous.”
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